Brexit: be prepared

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As a result of the referendum on membership of the EU in 2016, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union. Since 1 January 2021, Brexit means that other rules apply for passenger and goods transport across the Channel. For example, numerous administrative formalities have to be met. During the first months of 2021, this may lead to tailbacks in and around the ports of Zeebrugge and Northern France. 

Laatst gewijzigd op 5 januari 2021

It is difficult to say in advance how much traffic disruption Brexit will cause on the Flemish roads. Much will depend on the degree to which domestic and foreign truck drivers and transport companies have prepared themselves. Using the (multilingual) websites below, everybody can thoroughly inform and prepare themselves in good time.


General information about Brexit

Information for freight transport to the ports

Information about the customs formalities

Information about other road transport permits and certificates (access to the profession, tachographs, driving license)

Current traffic information

If Brexit gives rise to traffic disruption on the main roads to the port areas, Flanders Traffic Control Centre (Vlaams Verkeerscentrum) will give out information about this via its usual communication channels. We would advise you to keep a sharp eye on the current traffic information ( and to prepare your journey thoroughly before you leave.


Last-minute Brexit news from Zeebrugge

The Port of Zeebrugge is the main bridgehead for British distribution from North-West Europe. Every day, whole fleets of trucks pass through going to and from the United Kingdom. Each week, around seventy liner services connect the port with various British and Irish regions. The port authority of Zeebrugge is therefore undertaking various initiatives to ensure they are fully prepared for the impact of Brexit. Anyone wishing to receive last-minute Brexit news from Zeebrugge can register for a Brexit newsletter via the website of the Port of Zeebrugge.

Haven van Zeebrugge.
Illustrations: Port of Zeebrugge